If you’re also a member of the HPL Historical Society, time to head on over and sign up for the annual Eldritch Elf gift exchange. If you’re not… well, if you like cosmic horror, it’s a good group to belong to. They make spiffy stuff.
Behold! The ARKHAM INVESTIGATOR’S WALLET PROP SET, complete with adventure for using said wallet. The impressive thing about this? There’s tons of stuff in it that is not used in the provided adventure. You can customize this item for your own scenarios (they have a website where you can download printable PDFs of many of the blank items). Very nifty, and going to be my next con game.
It hardly needs to be said that the production values and attention to detail are up to the HPL Historical society’s usual high standards, but I’ll say it anyway.
I already have this, but if you’re curious as to how the DARK ADVENTURE RADIO THEATER recordings go, this is a good time to try one out:
So, the ARKHAM INVESTIGATOR’S WALLET PROP SET was a little rich for my blood. Even if it did come with a printed Call of Cthulhu adventure that used the wallet (and was suitable for convention games). But then I realized that I had a ridiculous amount of store credit with the HPL Historical Society: as in, suddenly this was half off. So…
There are many, many fine products that come out of the HPL Historical Society, from their Dark Adventure Radio Theater audio plays to their physical props (I rather badly want their Innsmouth scrimshaw shark-tooth). But what I really like are their scholarly monographs. They’re written in an academic but lively style, and as if they were in the actual world of the Mythos.
The latest one — The Discovery of Fragments of Kitab Al-Azif at Harran — is I think of particular interest, as it would take a gamemaster roughly half an hour to construct a full-fledged adventure, based on nothing but what was in the pamphlet. All you’d really need is your favorite monster from the game, and you’re good to go. There’s even an easily-detachable game prop, with a helpful colored map on the other side!
That’s pretty much it, except that PURGATORY CHASM is apparently an original Dark Adventure Radio Theater production, and not an adaptation of Lovecraft (or contemporary horror author). Which is not too surprising: all the best HPL works have been adapted by now. Although I wouldn’t say no to seeing an adaptation of Robert Howard’s PIGEONS FROM HELL…
I may pick this up, if I get Christmas money that can be translated into HPLHS. Basically, the HPL Historical Society collected all of the orchestral music they use for their Dark Adventure Radio Theater shows and is now offering them in an album. I like it! If I ran a Call of Cthulhu game, I wouldn’t be waiting to pick it up.